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TheCypressTimes ^ | 03/23/2010 | John G. Winder

Posted on 03/23/2010 8:41:11 PM PDT by 11th_VA

President Obama and his legion, Pelosi, Reid, Stupak, et al, have said basically that once the American people get to know what’s in the healthcare legislation, they’ll actually like it. We all know how very important it is to the President and Speaker Pelosi that the American people be happy.

One must assume, based on the President’s assurance, that once we get to know this health care reform legislation up-close and personally, we’ll be so happy that we’ll all gather on a hilltop and hold hands to sing a groovy song and will vote unanimously to usher in a new age of Aquarius.

Okay. Let’s see if that works.

Here are a couple of things I learned about this legislation since its passage that I had not known previously.

• When you buy your federally mandated, IRS enforced - either by penalty of a fine or imprisonment - health care insurance you may be buying from an insurance company that will donate a portion of what you spend for your insurance to a special fund to help pay for abortions. It is now mandatory that certain insurance carriers provide a portion of what you pay them for health care coverage to a special abortion fund – Stupak’s hastily scribbled hall pass aside, this is now law.

o There is no special fund for Breast Cancer

o There is no special fund for Heart Disease

o There is no special fund for Diabetes or MS

o There is ONLY a special fund to pay for abortions • Tanning? Apparently Dems want us all to be pasty for some reason…if you frequent tanning salons, you will pay a 10% excise tax.

• Mobility be damned! If you purchase a wheelchair, you will pay a 2.3% excise tax. I’m sure those confined to wheelchairs will consider this to be a great step forward in care.

• Pharmaceutical companies will be allowed to pass a $3 billion annual fee on to you, the consumer, in the form of more expensive drugs and medication.

• About those fines – Citizens who don’t purchase insurance would be subject to a fine of $325 in 2015 and $695 in 2016. Individuals may be subject to a charge equal to as much as 2.5 percent of their income in 2016.

• The Medicare payroll tax will now be applied to investment income, beginning in 2013.

o A new 3.8 percent tax will be levied on interest, dividends, capital gains and other investment income for individuals making more than $200,000 a year and couples making more than $250,000.

• The Medicare payroll tax will increase by 0.9 percentage point to 2.35 percent on wages above $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for married couples filing jointly.

• A 40% tax on health benefits happens in 2018 and applies to premiums exceeding $10,200 a year for individuals and $27,500 for families. In other words, that phrase – “If you like your current insurance, it won’t change” was a big fat lie. If you have great insurance, you’ll now be taxed for the privilege. A 40% tax is a change.

• Taxes and more taxes –

o According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, a nonpartisan agency, this legislation will generate $409.2 billion in additional taxes by 2019. The Congressional Budget Office also says that the Health Care Reform legislation will impose about $69 billion in penalties for both individual and businesses who don’t meet new mandates to buy health insurance.

• Here’s a really sneaky tax “increase” – if you itemize your tax returns, the deductible for medical expenses will change. You will only be allowed to deduct medical expenses in excess of 10% of your adjusted gross income. Currently that number is 7.5%.

• A medical plan tax that includes several different provisions to increase multiple taxes on things such as cosmetic surgery, cafeteria plans, health insurance providers, production and importation of drugs and medical devices, medical information providing, hospitals and the adjusted gross income floor of medical expenses.

• Doctors and hospitals will receive less compensation than they do now to control revenue streams.

• The Medicare program will see $500 billion in cuts to its program along with the Medicare tax being raised.

• 60% of new enrollees in health care programs will be fully subsidized by you.

Then there’s all those “incentives” laced into the legislation - strangely – only for those Representatives who voted “Yes” for this legislation.

• $300 Million more in Medicare subsidies for Louisiana

• NV, MT, WY, ND, UT all receive $2 billion in Medicare subsides

• Connecticut gets $100 Million to build a hospital

• 11 states total receive 8.5 Billion in Medicaid payments

Even the most casual observer must wonder how a struggling economy, with out-of-control unemployment can bear the burden of so much additional taxation and spending.

President Obama gloated, “This is what change looks like.”

To be fair, I suppose it is possible that Barack Obama never actually said the change he was promising would be positive change, or even change that the American people wanted.

This may be what change looks like, but it is also what bitter partisanship looks like.

Obama promised to reach across the aisle. He never mentioned that once he reached across he was going to sucker punch the Republicans.

Never did I hear Obama promise to ignore the will of the people.

Since last night, Obama, Pelosi and their legion have taken time to grin and pose for the cameras and proclaim the passage of this bill as “historic”. They’ve taken time to pat themselves on the back and to say that this legislation compares to the passage of Medicare, the passage of Social Security and the passage of Civil Rights.

In terms of the monumental impact this law will have on our nation, they are correct to rank it up there with all of those past life-changing pieces of legislation. There is however one incredibly glaring difference. Those milestone pieces of legislation all passed with bi-partisan support.

The only bi-partisanship exhibited in the passing of this legislation was on the side of dissent with more than 30 Democrats crossing over to the Republican side of the aisle to cast their “No” votes. The only Democratic Representative from the state of Texas to vote "No" was Waco's Chet Edwards.

Obama, Pelosi and the others have suddenly become aware of the words “prayer” and “constitution” and the terms “founding fathers” and to watch them use these words to justify their power grab is insulting. It’s every bit as insulting as the American people being told over and over again that “once you understand it” you’ll be happy to have it.

The condescending attitude from this President and this Congress is unprecedented. The President added to the insult by saying, “We proved that this government -- a government of the people and by the people -- still works for the people."

Mr. President that is perhaps your boldest and most condescending lie to date.

56% of the people in this nation opposed this health care reform legislation. Your actions have proven that your words have no meaning and that your government -- a government of the politician and for the politician -- views the people with absolute disdain.

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To: 11th_VA

Holy (expletive deleted)!

Didn’t anybody actually READ this thing?

22 posted on 03/23/2010 9:48:17 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. - H. L. Menken.)
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To: 11th_VA
Businesses must include the value of the health care benefits they provide to employees on W-2s, beginning with W-2s for 2011.

So if your employer pays for your health benefits, that is now considered taxable income.

23 posted on 03/23/2010 9:53:48 PM PDT by yellowhammer (ABORT ObamaCare before the third trimester!!)
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To: Wolfstar

A nice house in a nice neighborhood here in Squarebanks may run $275,000. Multiplied by 4% = $11,700. That’ll put a crimp in your style.

24 posted on 03/23/2010 9:57:02 PM PDT by ArmyTeach ( ...speak true, right wrong, follow the King Tennyson)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

an antiCHRIST most definately...but ‘the’ anti CHRIST prolly wouldnt be a bumbling, stuttering, blithering idiot who needs dual exhaust prompters to speak at a middle school...

25 posted on 03/23/2010 10:10:33 PM PDT by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: MrChips

I think it’s 3.8% on all non-earned income (capital gains, rents, interested, etc) for incomes greater than $200,000/$250,000 (Single/Married).

I’m not sure how this interacts with the existing home gain roll over exemptions, but I suspect those exemptions would still apply. Thus, only if it’s a non-exempt capital gain and your income exceeds the threshold would the additional 3.8% be applied.

But who knows.

26 posted on 03/23/2010 10:48:34 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: FormerACLUmember

Welcome to the wonderful world of Socialized Healthcare brought to you by your liberal friends who feel your pain, are compassionate and altruistic and only have the best in mind for you! Now really, you didn’t expect anything else coming from the mouth of a Socialist-Liberal-Democrat or by what ever else name they like to be called, cheat, steal, lie and tax the hell out of you! Of course this doesn’t mean that all conservatives have a claim on ethics and honesty either, but they certainly would not have served up this crap and unfortunately the above is just a small part of it.

27 posted on 03/24/2010 12:33:28 AM PDT by saintgermaine
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To: FormerACLUmember
Didn’t anybody actually READ this thing?

Hell, no! Remember all those weeks Pelosi had it under wraps? The only reason she gave Boehner a copy was because she had to! And then she didn't want to give the GOP Members the time to read it into the record so that people could find out what was in it.

As if the MSM would actually report what was in there!

28 posted on 03/24/2010 3:15:16 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: 11th_VA


29 posted on 03/24/2010 3:29:50 AM PDT by mtbrandon49
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To: 11th_VA; John Leland 1789; wmfights; 1000 silverlings; blue-duncan; the_conscience; ...
Lord, God Almighty,

These creatures do not deserve to be considered Americans.

I'm not sure they deserve to be considered humans.

They certainly do not deserve to be considered "Christians."

IF POSSIBLE, Lord, please bring them to a place of prime time confession and repentance and naming names of the complicit co-guilty.

IF NOT, Lord, THEN . . .

Please, Lord, remove them from public life as soon as possible--with the possible exception of dog catcher jobs in Siberia or perhaps gutter cleaners in Calcutta.

Cause their evils to be publically highlighted in prime time ASAP.

Cause their duplicities and lies to be billboarded 24/7 across the main stream media around the world until they seek therapy for terminal depression.

Cause their evil choices and evil behaviors to start showing up in effects on their bodies beyond their hideous expressions and looks.

Cause their treason to be known and labeled as treason.

Cause their demon manipulators to be known as demonic.

Cause their murder of the USA to be known as murder of the USA.

Cause their offspring to loathe and reject them as intolerable to be around.

Cause their offspring to all become rabid conservative patriotic true Americans.

Cause them to fear walking down the street.

Cause them to fear falling asleep at night.

Cause them to fear medical treatment.

Cause them to fear the safety of their food.

Cause them to frear the safety of their clothing.

Cause them to hallucinate laughter in every room, around every corner, in every gathering, in every relationship.

Cause them to distrust their closest friends.

Cause them to fear God Almighty as never before in their lives.

Cause them to wander streets afoot at night in drunken incoherent stupors.

Cause them to shred each other in prime time, publically.

Cause their names to become horrific epithets.

Cause their cell phones to connect to the hideous laughter of hell's demons.

. . .

for starters, Lord.

So let it be written. So let it be done--in the name of righteous retribution for their affronts to Almighty God and their horrifically destructive insult of all that is decent, right, Godly, compassionate and sane . . . and for their murder of more than 50 million innocent children.


30 posted on 03/24/2010 4:00:47 AM PDT by Quix (BLOKES who got us where we R:
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To: Quix


31 posted on 03/24/2010 4:19:20 AM PDT by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come. Judgment Day: Nov 2, 2010)
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32 posted on 03/24/2010 4:21:46 AM PDT by Quix (BLOKES who got us where we R:
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To: Quix

That is basically praying Psalm 109.

33 posted on 03/24/2010 4:23:51 AM PDT by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come. Judgment Day: Nov 2, 2010)
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To: yellowhammer

Wow, I hadn’t seen that one before. Could you provide a link to where you found that? Thanks.


34 posted on 03/24/2010 4:27:07 AM PDT by VirginiaMom
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To: yellowhammer

Never mind.....I found one.


35 posted on 03/24/2010 4:30:14 AM PDT by VirginiaMom
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To: DarthVader

THANKS TONS for saying so.




BLESSED BE my Bro and all the prayer requests he recently sent around.

36 posted on 03/24/2010 4:43:58 AM PDT by Quix (BLOKES who got us where we R:
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To: 11th_VA


37 posted on 03/24/2010 4:46:41 AM PDT by petercooper (GOP: Big Tent Party??? Not if you are a CONSERVATIVE.)
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To: DarthVader

38 posted on 03/24/2010 4:46:52 AM PDT by Quix (BLOKES who got us where we R:
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To: 11th_VA
This can't be true!!

USA Today had a front page, top fold banner claiming 49% approval vs. 40% disapproval.

We apparently like what "change looks like". /s

39 posted on 03/24/2010 5:25:34 AM PDT by SZonian (We began as a REPUBLIC, a nation of laws. We became a DEMOCRACY, majority rules. Next step is?)
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To: Gilbo_3
but ‘the’ anti CHRIST prolly wouldnt be a bumbling, stuttering, blithering idiot who needs dual exhaust prompters to speak at a middle school...

He might be precisely that if Satan wanted to camouflage his son's true identity initially...hiding it from his enemies while at the same time revealing it to his natural followers.

I am sure that Chris Matthews still thinks he is "The One" and Louis Farrakhan still believes he is the Muslim "Messiah," but the rest of us see him as a bumbling incompetento. Considering the staggering heights of his narcissism, Obama, too, thinks he is the "Chosen One" (if I had to speculate).

As I said in my initial post, if Obama is the AntiChrist (and no one, including myself, knows for sure at this point), there will be a time of unveiling in which he is incarnated by Satan.

40 posted on 03/24/2010 5:36:03 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself... - D.H. Lawrence)
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